We’re on a mission to improve the lives of patients managing glycemic issues, and those who administer their care, by optimizing insulin therapy.
Founded in 2006, Glytec is the insulin management software company for healthcare providers focused on improving the quality and cost of care. Our FDA-cleared titration software and proprietary algorithms power the only solution capable of delivering personalized insulin treatment recommendations across the continuum of care, from hospital to home.
With ongoing support from its team of doctors, nurses and technologists headquartered outside of Boston, Glytec improves outcomes and controls costs for the large population of patients requiring insulin treatment – including those with and without a diagnosis of diabetes.
We have expertise with the successful transition from sliding-scale to basal-bolus insulin for hospitalized patients, as recommended by the American Diabetes Association, American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, Society of Hospital Medicine and other authoritative sources. Our clients have sustained enterprise-wide utilization at, or above, 95% of eligible patients and annualized cost savings as high as $20,000 per licensed bed.
The safety and efficacy of our solutions have been validated by more than 65 research studies. Results have included dramatic reductions in hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, lengths of stay, readmissions, A1C levels and costs of care.
Our workforce is more than 80 strong and growing, and we pride ourselves in hiring experienced, educated and accomplished professionals who are passionate about our mission. Our team brings together a strong background in many areas of healthcare, especially related to endocrinology and diabetology.
Clients of Glytec include local and regional health systems, academic medical centers, independent community hospitals, ACOs and health plans throughout the United States. We have offices in Waltham, Massachusetts and Greenville, South Carolina.
DID YOU KNOW?
1/3 of hospital inpatients experience hyperglycemia, with up to 1/3 of these individuals having no previous history of diabetes.1
An estimated 30.3 million people in the U.S. are living with diabetes, including one of every nine adults over age 18 and one of every four over age 65.2-3
There are 1.5 million new diagnoses of diabetes every year -- one every 21 seconds.2-3
Annualized total health care costs for people with diabetes are more than double the costs of people without diabetes, and hospitalization costs are four times higher.4-5
One of every five health care dollars, and one of every three Medicare dollars, are spent on people with diabetes.4
Why should insulin management be a top priority?
Similar to blood pressure, temperature and other vital signs, when patients’ blood glucose levels are outside the normal range, safety risks escalate and incidence of complications and sentinel events increase dramatically. The bottom line: uncontrolled patient blood glucose leads to greater resource utilization, prolonged lengths of stay and higher 30-day readmission rates.
Glycemic control is a fundamental tenet of high-reliability care, yet variation is pervasive and systemization is sorely lacking.
In acute care settings, all patients, both with and without diabetes, are vulnerable to safety risks surrounding glycemic control. Any hospitalized patient, at any time, may experience hyperglycemia -- a state of elevated blood glucose brought on by the stress of illness or treatment received.
For this reason, some 30-40% of inpatients require insulin therapy during their stay, a medication that although widely prescribed and absolutely necessary, is inherently dangerous. Insulin is involved in 16.3% of medication error reports for high-alert medications, more than any other medication type. Insulin is considered a high-alert medication because it has the potential to cause significant patient harm if misused.17-19
Improper insulin management, including the overtreatment, undertreatment or mistreatment of hyperglycemia, can lead to hypoglycemia (a state of abnormally low blood glucose) and potentially catastrophic consequences, such as coma, kidney failure, stroke, paralysis, sepsis, brain damage, cardiac arrest and death.20-41
Our solutions help overcome therapeutic inertia.
Unlike most medications that have two or three standard dosing options, insulin is far more complex and must be individualized to each patient. It also requires an iterative and nuanced adjustment process referred to as “titration” that accounts for the patient’s response to insulin as well as their insulin sensitivities, changing clinical conditions and trends in blood glucose.
Many clinicians hesitate to prescribe insulin or to adjust dosing after they do, even when indications are present. Whether stemming from insufficient knowledge, lack of confidence or fear of causing hypoglycemia, this inaction, or “therapeutic inertia,” compromises patient safety and quality of care.
Glytec’s Glucommander is purpose built to overcome therapeutic inertia by delivering evidence-based decision support at the point of care. Our proprietary algorithms do the heavy lifting, programmatically responding to each patient’s unique circumstance and computing when and by how much their insulin dose should be adjusted and creating personalized dosing recommendations for providers.
Bruce Bode, MD
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